Posts tagged "reproductive rights"

Mayor Fires Obstetrician Who Refused To Inform Patient Carrying Badly Deformed Fetus About Abortion

The mayor of Warsaw, Poland, fired the obstetrician who heads a maternity hospital that refused to provide information about abortion to a patient carrying a badly deformed fetus. The patient was not told by the doctor, who is Catholic, where she could obtain an abortion before the 24th week of pregnancy (when abortion is legal…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 9, 2014

Missouri Governor Vetoes 72-Hour Waiting Period For Abortion

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri vetoed legislation requiring a woman to wait 72 hours before terminating a pregnancy. Such bills are meant to curb access to abortion, because women often have to travel a long distance and thus make multiple trips over several days. Gov. Nixon said he vetoed the bill because it contained…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 2, 2014

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Anti-Abortion Protesters In Clinic Buffer Zones Case

Today, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of anti-abortion protesters in a case regarding the First Amendment as it pertains to buffer zones around abortion clinics. The state of Massachusetts had a 2007 law that forbids anti-abortion protesters from entering a 35-foot radius around the entrances of clinics, marked in yellow around the sidewalks. The…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 26, 2014

California Sterilized Inmates Without Lawful Consent

The California prison system illegally had dozens of women sterilized, possibly without their consent, according to a new report from the state auditor. Of the 144 inmates given tubal ligations from fiscal years 2005-06 to 2012-13, at least 39 were done without lawful consent, with physicians either failing to sign forms confirming that patients understood and consented…

By: Newser / June 21, 2014

Frisky Q&A: “Obvious Child” Star Jenny Slate On Abortion, Hollywood & Feminism

If you think you don't know who Jenny Slate is, you just haven't attached the name to the person. She's Mona-Lisa on "Parks and Recreation"; Tammy on "Bob's Burgers"; a bunch of characters on "Kroll Show"; and she was on one season of "Saturday Night Live." (You may remember her from the Doorbells And More

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 19, 2014

Florida Governor Signs Anti-Abortion Law

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law criminalizing a second- or third-trimester abortion after a doctor has determined a fetus could survive outside the womb. The law also removes the woman's psychological distress as an exception for such an abortion.  [AP] The United States Senate is expected to approve $41 million to test thousands of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 18, 2014

Coming To A Bar Bathroom Near You: Pregnancy Tests!

Alaska has the highest rate of fetal alcohol syndrome in the United States, so apparently, the obvious solution to lawmakers is to put free pregnancy tests in the restrooms of local bars so women can make sure there's no bun in the oven before they order a beer. I don't know about you, but

By: Claire Hannum / June 16, 2014

6 Reasons You Need To See “Obvious Child”

It's not often that I endorse dragging your butt to go see a movie in the theater. Tickets cost as much as a cocktail, theatergoers are rude, the floors are sticky, and you can watch pretty much anything you want on Netflix and Hulu now anyway. But really, go see "Obvious Child," starring Jenny Slate,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 6, 2014

Meet The Doctor Who Performs Abortions In Wichita Following Dr. George Tiller’s Murder

Meet Chicago abortion provider Dr. Cheryl Chastine, who travels to Wichita, Kansas, every week to help women terminate pregnancies. Five years ago, Wichita doctor George Tiller was murdered at his church by an anti-abortion extremist. Dr. Chastine provides abortions at Tiller's former clinic, which reopened last year. [Democracy Now] The Supreme Court refused to sto…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 4, 2014

Toni Braxton Thinks God Punished Her For Abortion By Giving Son Autism

"I was suddenly faced with a choice I’d never thought I’d have to make. Amid my major misgivings about abortion, I eventually made the gut-wrenching decision… In my heart, I believed I had taken a life — an action that I thought God might one day punish me for. ... My initial rage was quickly followed by another…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 21, 2014

Missouri Legislature Advances 3-Day Waiting Period For Abortion

A Missouri bill mandating a three-day waiting period for an abortion is now sitting on the governor's desk. The state's Republican-controlled legislature advanced the bill, which would require a woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy to meet with her doctor and then wait three days, even if she is a victim of incest or rape.

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 15, 2014

South Carolina Advances Abortion Ban After 20 Weeks

A subcommittee in South Carolina's state Senate has advanced a bill banning abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill provides exceptions for pregnancies resulting from incest, rape and fetal abnormalities. The 20-week limit is based on the medically unproven claim that fetuses feel pain after 20 weeks. [CBS, RH Reality Check] Secretary of State…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 6, 2014

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Accuses Ex-Fiancée Of Having An Abortion On Facebook

Boxer champ/gross human being Floyd Mayweather, Jr. posted on Facebook Thursday morning an alleged sonogram that he claimed was from his ex-fiancée Shantel Jackson, with a caption that she aborted their twins. "The real reason me and @missjackson broke up was because she got a abortion [sic] and I'm totally against killing babies. She killed…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2014

Google Admits Ads For “Crisis Pregnancy Ads” Are Deceptive Advertising

Google has agreed to remove search ads for some "crisis pregnancy centers" (CPCs) after admitting that the ads, which come up in searches for abortion, violate its policy against deceptive advertising. CPCs are centers which portray themselves as women's health clinics offering a range of treatment options for pregnant women, sometimes including abortion. But ofte…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 28, 2014

Not Your Usual Rom-Com: Jenny Slate Is Having An Abortion In “Obvious Child”

Considering that one in three women will have an abortion during her lifetime, we don't see too many on the big screen. Even in "Knocked Up" and "Juno," two of the biggest movies in the last decade about unplanned pregnancies, the characters barely discussed terminations. That's one of the few reasons I'm very curious to…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 18, 2014

Tennessee May Soon Criminalize Drug-Addicted Pregnant Moms

Tennessee's state legislature has approved a bill that would make it possible to charge pregnant women for assault if they use narcotics during their pregnancy. Critics of the bill rightfully point out that it's a sneaky way to give more rights to fetuses, thus easing the way to criminalizing abortion. Women's rights groups and the…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 16, 2014

South Carolina Advances Anti-Abortion Bill

A South Carolina state Senate panel has advanced a bill that justifies a pregnant woman using force against anyone who tries to harm her "unborn child." Abortion rights supports rightly point out bills like this are a sneaky attempt to criminalize abortion by making a fetus legally recognized as person. (The panel postponed on a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2014

May I Interest You In A Back-Alley Abortion, Madame?

On the terrifying return of the back-alley abortion. [Huffington Post] A trans woman student at a North Carolina college was hassled by campus security after she used the women's bathroom. [Advocate] The governor of West Virginia vetoed a bill that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, calling it "unconstitutional." [Feminist.org] The president…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 4, 2014

Judge Strikes Down Arkansas’ Ban On Abortion After 12 Weeks

A federal judge stuck down part of an anti-abortion "fetal heartbeat" law in Arkansas which would ban abortions after 12 weeks. Instead, the judge said that fetal viability should determine the legality of abortion. The other part of the law which requires doctors to perform an ultrasound and notify if the pregnant woman if her…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 18, 2014

Montana Abortion Clinic That Survived A Firebombing Attack Was Broken Into & Vandalized

All Families Healthcare, the only clinic in Flathead Valley, Montana, which provides abortions as well as numerous other reproductive health surfaces to women, suffered a break-in and extensive vandalism on March 3rd. All Families Healthcare experienced damage to its furniture, medical instruments and supplies, file cabinets, sewer line, furnace and water heater. A yellow powder…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 17, 2014
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